Smoking, Prevention and New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again when many of my patients are trying to quit smoking.

My job is only to be the cheerleader because I know that they have to choose to quit for their own reasons. I’m as amazed by those who set down the pack and never look back as I am by those who are willing to keep trying to quit, despite their relapses.

Patients tell me that when they give up their smokes it’s like saying goodbye to a friend, confidant and comforter. Some grieve the loss of their cigarettes, but no one ever grieves their ability to breathe better.

What I do know is that prevention is so much better than walking through the quitting process with people. The data has been very clear that if people can make it to age 25, their odds of becoming a smoker are dramatically decreased.

We have seen the results of clean indoor air policies evolve across the metro. My kids can’t remember when people could smoke in restaurants. I look forward to the day when they can’t remember that I worried that they would become ever become smokers.


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